CM lays foundation stone of St Xavier’s university campus

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said the trend of students leaving Kolkata for Bangalore or Hyderabad for higher education will be reversed in a couple of years as the state capital will will became a education hub.

"One day people from all over the country will come to get excellent education in Kolkata," Mamata said after laying the foundation stone of the campus of the proposed St Xavier's University at Rajarhat-Newtown here.

Talking about the history of the St Xavier's College, the chief minister commended the Jesuit fathers for continually imparting quality education since 1860. "Old is gold," she said, adding Kolkata will become the destination for talented students to flock to and institutes like St Xavier's will show the way.

She also used to opportunity to pat her government on the back saying in the two-and-half-years that the TMC has remained in power, 32 of 45 proposed new colleges in the state are nearing completion, 1,200 schools have been upgraded and medical seats in the state increased from 1,100 to 2,300. She urged the St Xavier's authorities to explore if they could set up a medical college.

The government is also coming up with the first ever women's university at Diamond Harbour, which should be operational by 2015, she said.

Having already given around 17 acre at subsidised rate to St Xavier's College for the new campus, the Chief Minister said if it needed more help, she would sell her paintings to raise the funds.

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